Metro-East News

Evening briefing: Catch up on today’s biggest news

Fire damages Fairview Heights apartments

Six metro-east fire departments were needed to put out a 5th alarm fire that severely damaged four apartment buildings in the Longacre Ponds complex on Northbrook Circle in Fairview Heights on Thursday afternoon. Get more details here.

State trooper’s trial begins

An Illinois State Police Trooper is on trial for aggravated battery after he conducted what prosecutors say constituted a strip search on the side of an East St. Louis street. A trial in the case against Corey Alberson, 33, of Swansea, began on Thursday afternoon before St. Clair County Circuit Judge Jan Fiss. Get more details here.

Teen sentenced for aggravated battery

Nineteen-year-old David E. Fields of Shiloh has been sentenced to six years in prison as a result of a plea deal with prosecutors. Fields, a former Belleville East High School student, pleaded guilty to aggravated battery of a pregnant woman, and prosecutors dismissed the more serious charge of criminal sexual assault. In January 2014, Fields had pleaded not guilty to both charges. Get more details here.

Air National Guard gets new commander

Gov. Bruce Rauner has appointed a new commander of the Illinois Air National Guard. Brig. Gen. Ronald E. Paul of Springfield will serve as assistant adjutant general upon the retirement of Maj. Gen. William Cobetto of Hillsboro. Get more details here.

Kentucky clerk who denied marriage licenses is jailed

A federal judge sent Rowan County Clerk Kim Davis to jail Thursday for contempt of court after she testified that her religious beliefs against same-sex marriage made it impossible for her to comply with his order to resume issuing marriage licenses. Get more details here.

Emails show how aides crafted Clinton’s image

Image was a paramount concern to Hillary Clinton during her time as secretary of state, and her aides went to great lengths to warn their boss of potentially damaging reports, devise strategies to fight unflattering portrayals, and ply her with compliments after successful media appearances. Get more details here.

European migrant crisis worsens

In a dramatic sign that Europe’s fast-mounting refugee crisis may be set to get even worse, Hungary’s far-right leader told asylum-seekers Thursday to stay away from Europe and vowed to crack down on the thousands of migrants who are crossing into his country every day. Get more details here.